The Little Engine who …KNEW SHE COULD!

Real Estate Agent with Liberty Homes RS-#62825

We’ve all heard about the story “the little engine that could”. For those that have not, it’s basically a children’s story about a little train engine who pulled and pulled but no matter how hard she tried, she could not pull the cars behind  her up the steep hill. 

How often do we have something that happens in a transaction and no matter how hard we try there is just some odd thing that is standing in the way.  For instance, I’ve been sick with acute bronchitis for over a week and no matter how much I wanted to get up and work, I literally had to lay down for most of the day.

The Little Engine left all the cars on the track and went looking for help. She finally came across a BIG Engine and asked the BIG Engine if perhaps she could get some help to get her train of cars up and over the hill. The BIG Engine said no…and that he was done for the day.

During the course of being sick, two short sales (second time in contract) were denied.   B—of---A sold the mortgage to another company and the other one the W---F--- said that the buyer was a ‘trust’. WHAT IS UP WITH THAT?  It is not funds from a trust!!!

The second steam engine that the little engine came across said they were too tired.  She went on with her search and came across another engine just like her and that one agreed to help .  PUFF PUFF PUFF….both little engines started to inch their way along  while singing ‘I think I can, I think I can’…and they both made it up to the plain. 

I went to the doctor for my third visit yesterday…only to find out that I was VERY dehydrated too!  I hydrated myself all day yesterday and began to feel better (still a little wheezing) I started working on the short sales and I am able to resubmit all docs to the new service company.  The other one is up in the air for answers.

The Little Engine That Could went merrily on her way, singing “I thought I could, I thought I could” and I will continue on to support my clients and get them through their short sales no matter what.


No matter how much we feel that it is a useless cause….


Remember that we may be small potatoes to these big companies….


But large in heart to our clients.

Because we thought we could!


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Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers.


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Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Sally, There is probably no better place to recuperate in the US than Hawaii. And I guess short sales can be a challenge regardless your surroundings. Glad you're getting better.

Oct 04, 2012 01:26 PM #29
Charlie Dresen
Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty - Steamboat Springs, CO
Steamboat Springs, CO e-Pro

This is a great story. Way to motivate.  I hope you feel better soon.

Oct 04, 2012 01:28 PM #30
Debbie Cook
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc - Silver Spring, MD
Silver Spring and Takoma Park Maryland Real Estate

Glad you are better - Yes you can and yes you will!  Keep up the persistance and hard work for your clients

Oct 04, 2012 02:32 PM #31
Christina Sanchez Hood
Palo Alto, CA
#SiliconValleyHOODS | Inspired Living

Sally, good to know that you are feeling better and that YES YOU CAN!  For the record, you've also inspired me and many others to know that we can too!  Mahalo :)

Oct 04, 2012 03:02 PM #32
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

Shanna: Believe me….working on the packet to resubmit took everything out of me for that first day of ‘work’.  I had to keep telling myself …I KNOW I WILL….so I could keep moving on to complete the chore. I laid down after it was done.

Jerry: Believe me…it took much to complete…and glad it happened at the end of my sickness so that I had some energy to work again.

Peggy: No one helped me.  I didn’t have help like the little choo choo….but the persistence will …in the end…be beneficial to my clients.

Lenn: Believe me…I took over a week off….in bed!  I slept, I watched all those Lifetime movies that made me cry….and only two days ago HAD to work.  Luckily it was the first day of ‘feeling good’ but I didn’t have to leave my house to do. 

Wandanna:  I went to the office for half a day today and got some work done. Exhausted, but know I am on my way with my recovery.

Kerry: This was the first time there was no way that I was going to go anywhere. I was literally laid up. I also had carpal tunnel surgery last month, my husband had ulnar nerve/carpal surgery at the same time but a couple weeks after mine…and then this.  It was one hell of a September lol

Betty:  Me too

Kevin.  On my way….there ARE sick days.  I just found that out. I had to take care of me….and I was forced to.

Erv: On track and starting slowly…but surely.

Cindy:  Good thing it was just a couple days ago…otherwise, I would have laid there just worrying lol

Oct 04, 2012 03:24 PM #33
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

Bill:   I hug you!

Van:  Sounds like that guy in the commercial for the BowFlex lol.

Kathy: I found out that water is my best friend right about now J Luckily all my clients understood I was sick…..two buyers waited for me to get well J

Reuben:  Small hiccup?  Believe me…it felt real bad.

Gail:  I keep looking for the part in my story where someone helped me.  The little engine got help….the only help I got was to help myself lol

Anna:  No kidding…it’s been a tough road for us lately.  XOXO

Jeff: Hey there Jeff. Me too. I have not been this sick where I couldn’t even socialize!  I sure know that.  For once…..I succumbed to recovering.

Elyse: I am…day by day getting better…

Joy: I don’t take on more than I can handle. Luckily ….everything worked out so that I could take care of biz….after the ceiling hit the fan lol

Pat: No kidding….thanks much!

Ed: I sure am…and did….bed rest …completely…..for a little over a week. Thanks.

Karen: No kidding. I just needed the one…..and it went to voicemail.  Very few were answered and when I did I explained being sick. Thank you for the huggies….now THAT…made me feel better J

Oct 04, 2012 03:34 PM #34
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

Amanda: Believe me….only by sheer luck that these bumps happened right when I was feeling better J  YES….I WILL DO IT!

Kathy: No kidding…on the mend….indeed.

Joan: Yup…half day at the office and a little energy to answer….

Laura:  Thank you.

Sharon: believe me….for a week I was not trooping along lol.  I am doing it slowly.

Wayne:  It’s been humid, muggy and vog that is not good for the bronchial tubes….I hibernated w/ac on. Yes indeed….a challenging road. No matter what…when I felt better I was able to tackle those bumps and try and smooth them out.

Charlie:  Thanks…and yes…a good story to motivate everyone I’m sure.

Debbie: Thanks …sure will!

Christina: Wonderful!  I was happy to write again…..and glad many enjoyed too!

Oct 04, 2012 03:39 PM #35
Andrew Ostrander
Ostrander Real Estate Group - Phoenix, AZ
Ostrander Real Estate Group

When it comes to short sales, perseverance is all we have.  Not everly lender is created equal, so with those that make us want to pull our hair out, just keep plugging away.  It almost always solves the dilemma because the negotiator wants to move on to other deals.

Oct 04, 2012 03:42 PM #36
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Sally, Anyone who works short sales knows the trials. I’m glad you found an engine that helped. When we feel too poorly to work we need help.  I hope you are feeling 100% again real soon.


Oct 04, 2012 05:11 PM #37
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Sally, I hope you are feeling better today. I hope your clients realize how hard you work for them.

Oct 04, 2012 08:52 PM #38
Donald Reich
Prudential Centennial - New Rochelle, NY

You thought you could . . .  you could . . .  AND YOU DID!!!

Way to go. Keep up the good work!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oct 04, 2012 09:00 PM #39
Peggy James
EXIT Realty Associates - Woodbridge, VA
Woodbridge Virginia Area Real Estate Specialist

Sally- in reading all the comments I wish Active Rain had a "LIKE BUTTON" for comments. Lenn's (#5) is priceless! Normally I would not add a video clip on a comment section however this is the best motivational video I have ever seen hope you feel better soon.


Oct 04, 2012 09:12 PM #40
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Well done! The little engine with big drive can succeed! Get better!

Oct 04, 2012 09:50 PM #41
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Sure hope you feel better Sally.  I loved the analogy.  :)                                                                                      

Oct 04, 2012 10:05 PM #42
Harry F. D'Elia
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

One must be determined when doing short sales both sides of the transaction. The goal is to close and move on to the next transaction.

Oct 04, 2012 10:38 PM #43
Shane Barker
Amerifirst Financial, INC. - Salt Lake City, UT

This is something for all of us to keep in mind and remember that we are all capable of accomplishing a lot if we just keep a positive attitude.

Oct 05, 2012 03:41 AM #44
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Sally - And, your clients are lucky and grateful that they have you to be their engine.

Oct 05, 2012 03:55 PM #45
Lori Cain
eXp Realty - Tulsa, OK
Midtown Tulsa Real Estate Top Producer

Hoping you get better soon, Sally (I have an acute respitory infection) and good for the trains helping out! LOL!

Oct 05, 2012 04:03 PM #46
Deb Dahlberg - Rowland
Stanberry Realtors - Fayetteville, TX
Deb sells Texas "in between" AUS/SAN/IAH

Hoping you are recovering Sally.  Your blog post reminded me of when I was a little girl!  I can still remember my mom's voice as she read me " I think I can I think I can"! That little saying from that little book has stuck with me my whole life! 

Oct 05, 2012 09:47 PM #47
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

Back at work....showing new buyers from N.C. today...and new buyers who arrived and waited for me to get better....tomorrow.

Oct 06, 2012 04:08 AM #48
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